First methanol fuel cell harbour tug project advances


Source: Svitzer

Svitzer, A.P. Moller - Maersk’s towage operator, has announced that it is moving ahead with a project to design the world’s first methanol hybrid fuel cell (MHFC) tug, in collaboration with naval architect firm, Robert Allan Ltd.

The next phase will include work to complete the vessel design, scope considerations for vessel construction, and onboard equipment selection necessary to build the vessel. Work on the second phase of the project follows the conclusion of technical feasibility studies based on the real-world operational requirements of a tug.

The MHFC is expected to enter operations in the second half of 2025 at the Port of Gothenburg in Sweden, where methanol is the low-carbon alternative fuel of choice.

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